Rita Bankie is a qualified teacher from Ghana but in 1996, circumstances forced her to look elsewhere for a means of income. She explored her innate appreciation for vibrant colour, quality fabrics and established Lord ‘J’ Dyeing House.
With the assistance of three seamstresses and coupled with a steely determination to present customers at the stall in the Namibia Craft Centre with high quality products, Lord ‘J’ Dyeing House offers an array of fabric-based goods unique and rare in design.
In addition to fine Ashanti Kingdom kente cloth from Ghana, instantly recognisable as West African in origin and very popular in Namibia, Lord ‘J’ Dyeing House also stocks a variety of hand-painted fabrics, carefully selected by Rita Bankie, who utilises her trained eye to identify outstanding talent and workmanship.
The fabrics are either sold as is so that customers may use them as they see fit or value-added with decorations, cut and sewn into dresses for children, utility bags, cushion covers, table runners, tablecloths, potholders, placemats, shirts and apparel for adults. Lord ‘J’ Dyeing House offers a fascinating variety of African fabrics and high-quality, 100% cotton products.
Rita Bankie trained herself to sew and together with the seamstresses, design and often makes many of the items herself. The process of sewing and cutting fabric to a specific design invariably generates waste fabric in the form of off-cuts which she then uses to create patchwork fabric for blankets and throws.
A visit to Lord ‘J’ Dyeing House is an absolute must for a panoramic, exotic experience of and immersion in African fabrics and products, catering to all ages and spanning a satisfactory variety of curious tastes.